Thousands of women skip potential life-saving check

PUBLISHED: 12:00 05 February 2017

Women aged between 25 and 64 in North Somerset are being urged to have cervical smear tests.

Women aged between 25 and 64 in North Somerset are being urged to have cervical smear tests.

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Thousands of North Somerset women are potentially putting their lives at risk by failing to book routine medical appointments which take just 10 minutes.

Cervical screening appointments – otherwise known as smear tests – can detect early signs of developing cervical cancer but were skipped by 10,852 women in the district during the past five years.

The test is offered every three years to women aged 25 and over and cervical cancer is the most common form of cancer in women aged under 35.

Dr Alison Wint, the clinical lead for cancer within the North Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), said: “Smear tests can often feel embarrassing for women, however by doing so it means they are giving themselves the best possible chance of preventing cervical cancer.

“Screening allows us to identify abnormal cells before they become cancer, which means effective treatment can start; early detection does save lives.”

Dr Wint also encouraged women who have had smear tests to encourage their female friends and relatives to get checked.


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